Taroudant - 78 percent of Moroccan students do not understand what is being taught in their classes, according to Minister of Education Rachid Belmoukhtar.
Taroudant – 78 percent of Moroccan students do not understand what is being taught in their classes, according to Minister of Education Rachid Belmoukhtar.
Speaking before the Committee on Education in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Minister Belmoukhtar offered this astonishing statistic, reflecting a failure in the Moroccan educational system.
The Minister asserted that “the current government has not failed in its duties,” He blamed the deficiencies in the educational system on “decades of problems.”
“We have just begun the implementation of our vision to reform and overcome the challenges to achieve the change we hope for,” Minister Belmokhtar said. “We must now address these issues and look towards the future.”
Despite the ministry’s effort to equip schools with water, electricity and green spaces, he said about “3,600 schools are exposed to deterioration by people who have no connection with education.
The Minister also raised the issue of overcrowded classrooms and highlighted the urgent need to address it by providing new schools and new teaching staff. “The number of students enrolled for the years 2012-2013 and 2015-2016 rose by 4.6%,” the Minister said. “The current year recorded the registration of 6.8 million students.”
While the minister stressed the need for more teaching staff in order to solve the problem of overcrowded classrooms, last month the annual census of the Ministry of Education found that the education sector has nearly 600 ghost employees, , the majority of whom are teachers.